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Tall ships set to invade St. Michaels

Tall ships are coming to St. Michaels, Md., from May 4-18 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

From May 4 through the early morning of May 10, the schooner Sultana can be seen harbor side at the museum and out sailing with students throughout the week. The replica schooner will be open for boarding to all museum visitors from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on May 6. The tour is free for museum members or with general admission.

The schooner Sultana serves as an on-the-water classroom for learning about the history and environment of Chesapeake Bay. An almost exact replica of a British schooner that patrolled the North American coast just prior to the American Revolution, Sultana provides day-long programs as well as live-aboard programs for participants.

Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus’ ships, the Niña and Pinta, are set to dock at May 10-18 at the museum, with daily boarding opportunities available.

The Niña is an exact replica and was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools before her 1991 launch. The Pinta, an authentic reproduction of Christopher Columbus' ship, was launched in 2005 in Valenca, Brazil.

Both ships tour together as a sailing museum dedicated to educating the public and school children. Onboard exhibits highlight the history of the Age of Discovery, navigation of the era, how the ships were built, and a taste of what life was like more than 500 years ago.

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